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Global microfinance symposium set for Wednesday

As part of its globalization series, the Martindale Center in the College of Business and Economics is sponsoring “Encouraging Sustainable Development: A Symposium on Global Microfinance,” from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday in Rauch Business Center.

This symposium, organized by Ira Lieberman (Lehigh ’64), brings together some of the world’s leading experts on the subject of credit and savings services for the poor. Panelists will discuss what has been called the “microfinance revolution” and the decades of work they have done to establish thriving microfinance programs enabling people in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe to become successful entrepreneurs.

Panelists include Marguerite S. Robinson, Institute Fellow Emeritus, Harvard University’s Institute for International Development; Anne Hastings, Director, FONKOZE, a microfinance organization in Haiti; Elisabeth Rhyne, Sr. Vice President of ACCION International; Richard Rosenberg, Sr. Policy Advisor, CGAP, a division of the World Bank, and Ira Lieberman, President of LIPAM International.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, visit our website, and click on “Events Calendar.” To register for the symposium, please contact Rosemary Krauss or 610-758-4771. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Economics, the Perella Department of Finance and Law, the Department of International Relations, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Global Citizenship Program, Humanities Center and Global Union.

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005

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